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Nigerian Railway undergoing massive revolution as ROTIMI AMAECHI takes delivery of 2 standard gauge locomotives ordered by JONATHAN in 2014

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THE Nigerian Railway Corporation is undergoing a massive revolution as the Federal Government on Thursday took delivery of two double-end-drivers-cabin Standard gauge locomotives engines from the Peoples Republic of China, Nigerian Tribune reports.
This was disclosed by the Hon Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who personally took delivery of the two locomotives at the ENL Terminal of the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) being part of the 20 locomotives being expected to arrive Nigeria in due course the commencement of standard gauge rail operations in Nigeria.
The Hon Minister of Transportation was represented by Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr Fidet Okhiria. He further disclosed that ten more locomotives would arrive Nigeria other things being equal by September. 

He said: “these two locomotives are specifically designed for passenger train movement. The locomotives have an inbuilt power supply. This is unprecedented. It is designed for 150km per hour rail services and it is double-ended driver’s cabin. What this means is that on both ends of the locomotive, there is a drivers cabin. What we used to have is a locomotive with only one driver’s cabin on one side. “
Explaining further he said, ''the two locomotives were ordered in 2014. The 10 locomotives that we ordered in Aril, 2017, the company manufacturing them has asked that we come for factory acceptance test. We hope that by September, these ten coaches will arrive the country. The government just approved another seven locomotives, and we are in the process of raising letters of credit for those ones.
“With these two new additions, we intend to increase our return trips because the new locomotives will be running at a speed of 130km per hour as against the 90km per hour we are currently doing.




“The locomotives will be put to use for the Nigerian standard gauge rail project, although for now, we are only doing the Kaduna-Abuja standard gauge rail.”
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